With the Lok Sabha polls approaching, Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of late BJP leader and former Minister of External Affairs (MEA) minister Sushma Swaraj, has entered politics with her appointment as co-convenor of the Delhi BJP’s legal department.
Bansuri is currently working as the additional advocate general for the state of Haryana, in conjunction with running a private practice. “This is an opportunity to serve the party, and I am grateful to its leadership for bestowing this responsibility on me,” she said.
Asked if she plans to contest the polls, she said, “I am very thankful to the party for giving me this opportunity to actively work for the people. I would like to focus on the current position and work on that and not think anything about future polls.”
BJP sources, meanwhile, said Bansuri’s appointment — the first one made by newly appointed Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva — was to provide her with an entry point into Delhi politics. While there was a lack of certainty about when she would make her political debut, party insiders said she is likely to get her first ticket “soon”.
Bansuri enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 2007 and has 16 years of experience in the legal profession. After completing her under-graduation at the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, she went on to study Law at BPP Law School in London. She completed her Master of Studies at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.
“Bansuri is a formidable arguing counsel, having represented several high-profile clients in contentious litigation across various judicial fora. Her professional portfolio has an eclectic mix of dealing with disputes involving contracts, real estate, tax, international commercial arbitrations, as well as several criminal trials,” said a party official.
Sushma Swaraj died on August 6, 2019. After former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, she was the second woman to hold the MEA post. A veteran BJP leader, she was the first woman CM of Delhi for a brief period of three months in 1998.